InFARMation (and Beer!)
Since January 2009, Friends of Family Farmers has hosted InFARMation (and Beer!) each month in Portland. This is an opportunity to bring the issues that Oregon family farmers face onto the radar of urban consumers, and the community in general. The topic changes each month, but always focuses on the larger picture of the connection between food and farms in our state. When eaters connect with farmers, it makes our food web stronger and real changes in our local food system are possible.
InFARMation (and Beer!) is always free and open to the public, AND NOW IT IS ALL AGES!
5:30-6:30 – Arrive, networking, enjoyment of food and beverages
6:30-8:00 – Speakers(s), Q & A
8:00-8:30 – Additional discussion, networking & enjoyment of food and beverages
The current venue for Portland InFARMation (and Beer!) is Holocene, located at the corner of SE Morrison and SE 10th. There is not a big sign announcing their presence, so make note of their address (1001 SE Morrison) so that you know you are in the right place your first time attending. They have a fantastic sound and video system, a full bar, and even serve food.
Portland InFARMation(and Beer!) Schedule 2013
May 14th: Oregon’s Farm to School/ School Garden Program: What does the Farm to School/ School Garden Program look like in Oregon? What could it look like? What are some specific examples of success and some of the challenges and gaps and what can we do about it?Join us as a fine panel of stakeholders dig into these questions and more.
June 11th: From Field & Orchard to the Bottle: Oregon is known for its abundant produce and craft libations among many other fine things. Join us as we hear about & taste some examples of fermented fruit and nuts turned into adult beverages as well as explore the world of Kookoolan Kombucha.
July 9th: Bees!
Previous 2013 InFARMations
April 9th: Canola in the Willamette Valley: Do you love broccoli? How about kale? Up until very recently canola production was banned from the Willamette Valley. Hear about the canola issue from a variety of farmers and experts on why commodity canola production in the Willamette Valley not only impacts their livelihoods but our food supply from local to global.
March 12th: CSA & SNAP: We will take a look at SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and the work that is being done help CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farmers navigate the process to be able to accept SNAP dollars and help make good food accessible to Oregonians of all incomes.
Feb 12th: Policy 101: Join us to learn which small farmer and rancher legislative priorities FoFF will advocate for during the upcoming legislative session, get an understanding of how a bill becomes a law and find out how you can engage in the process. Panelist information forthcoming.
January 8th: An Evening with Anthony Boutard: A January Tradition.
InFARMation has even spawned off and is being held in other locations.InFARMation happens in Eugene the first Sunday of the month during the ‘off-season’ of November through April at Cozmic Pizza. Genie Harden is the Eugene InFARMation organizer.
Colin Anderson, who worked with us on our ARA tours, has moved back to Manitoba, Canada, and started an InFARMation (and Beer!) series up there! You can read more about that project here>>
Want to start an InFARMation Series in your neck o’ the woods? Email Leah for more information.
For inspiration on what “City People” can do to help with keeping the family farmer viable, let me remind you of the great quote from Wendell Berry from his “The Pleasures of Eating” essay: “Eating is an agricultural act.” Read the whole essay here>>